Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Pl.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8- Map It
(819) 776-7000

AAA Editor Notes

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. on LeBreton Flats, is in a dramatic concrete and glass, bunker-style building; the grass on the roof suggests regeneration, a necessary result of war. The permanent exhibit, organized chronologically into four galleries, relates Canada's military history as it affected the lives of ordinary citizens, in actual combat, on the home front or in peace; a fifth gallery stresses the need for remembrance. Personal stories and recollections are utilized as well as artifacts as warfare is traced from the days of the First Peoples, through the South African and First and Second World Wars, to the Cold War and the nation's peacekeeping efforts. In addition to the more than 13,000 pieces of the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, the museum also has military vehicles and artillery, ranging from cannons to tanks and a jet fighter mounted high with its engines glowing red. Note: Street and underground parking is available (no RVs or large vehicles). Bus services running near the museum are available from downtown. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
$15; $13 (ages 65+); $10 (students with ID); $8 (ages 3-12); free (Canadian veterans and active military with ID plus up to two accompanying family members, and to all Thurs. 4-8, July 1 and Nov. 11); $36 (family, two adults and three children including special exhibits). Guided tour additional $3. Combination ticket with Museum of History and IMAX movies also available. Parking: $2.50 per half hour ($12.50 maximum); $6 flat rate after 6 p.m.
Hours: Daily 9:30-6 (also Thurs. 6-8 p.m.), June 1-Sept. 1; 9:30-5 (also Thurs. 5-8), rest of year. Closed Jan. 4-8 and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.